Landscaping / Guides

Permeable interlock pavers & paving stones
Permeable laneways and patios

Water-permeable landscaping surfaces

...landscaping pavers for paths and driveways Here. Water-permeable stone pathway © Torun Construction Services Landscaping stones with grass © Windsor Companies Hydr’eau Pave permeable landscaping pavers © Oaks Pavers / Brampton Brick ...

Dog strangling vine invasive species
Landscaping

Avoiding invasive species when landscaping

...landscaping with native species: • Having adapted to their environment (soil, climate, etc.), they do not require irrigation, chemical fertilizers or pesticides and grow easily in poor soil. They are also more resistant to diseases and pest attacks; Naturally pair with native wildlife (they provide shelter and co...

Flooded streets impervious surfaces - Calgary Alberta
Rainwater Collection & Watering

Rainwater management and water-permeable surfaces

Stormwater - why it's important to choose permeable surfaces for paths & driveways As cities expand into the green space around them, naturally permeable landscapes are replaced with buildings, roads and parking lots. This inhibits the natural water-filtering process that happens when micro-organisms in the soil bre...

Urban farming
Landscaping

Urban Farming turns beautiful gardens into a grocery store!

...landscaping. Water is a quickly dwindling resource and Canadians and Americans are the highest per capita consumers of water in the world. So anything we can do to reduce water use for decorative purposes has to be a good thing. Rainwater recovery: For home durability, it's important that we properly manage the w...

Edible Perennials
Landscaping

A guide to growing edible perennials.

...landscaping in the Ecohome green building guide pages .

Aerial view of The Earth Rangers Centre (CNW Group/Earth Rangers)
LEED Homes

The Earth Rangers Retrofit a LEED Gold building and earn LEED Platinum

...landscaping that needs no irrigation and uses no pesticides An extensive preventative maintenance program that includes infrared scanning of building components An online commuting alternative program for staff and tenants 80% diversion of waste from landfill For more information about Earth Rangers and The E...

Choosing a building lot
Excavation

Things to look for when purchasing land for building a house

...landscaping and excavation work. If there is any standing or moving water on a site it would be wise to employ a geotechnical engineer to ensure a building wouldn't violate any environmental laws. Septic system and well: The best case scenario is having access to municipal water and sewage; short of that you will nee...

Ontario’s first LEED certified hospital
LEED Homes

Ontario’s First LEED Certified Hospital

...landscaping Reducing water use by over 30%, Maintaining good indoor air quality during construction. Diverting 96% of construction waste from landfill. Using fly-ash, a by-product of coal fired power plants, to reduce the amount of cement needed in the building concrete, resulting in a 20% reduction i...

“The perfect lawn” comes with a very heavy environmental cost!
Landscaping

Which are the best bee-friendly & Eco-friendly alternatives to grass lawns in backyards?

...landscaping that reduces the need for supplemental water from irrigation. This often involves native plants which are hardy to the area , or drought-resistant flora from regions of low precipitation. Native perennial beds can replace a lawn providing local insect habitat & saving water Sustainable landscaping &...

Suburb of Toronto
Choosing where to live

Living a greener lifestyle in the suburbs

...Landscaping and urban farming. At whatever level you think you can handle, try urban farming . Grow yourself something to eat in whatever space you have available, whether you have one tomato plant or a backyard chicken coop. There are many ground covers and plants that are attractive as well as edible, so decorate y...

LEED Platinum home certification FAQ
LEED Homes

LEED Certification for Homes - Frequently Asked Questions

...landscaping must be completed at the time of final inspection. Learn all about LEED for homes , LEED V4 , Passive House Certification or other Green home rating systems for Canada and the U.S.A. in the Ecohome green building guide pages .